A few months ago we updated some of the text in the lock tool for moderators. At that time I noted that the post notice text for the various locks could use an update to be more helpful. Right now, the post notices may lead to confusion for some users, particularly those unfamiliar with chat or meta.
Here is the text for each reason as-is:
- Content dispute:
This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. For more info [visit meta]($MetaUrl).
- Off-topic comments:
This post has been locked due to the high amount of off-topic comments generated. For extended discussions, please use [chat]($ChatUrl).
- Historical significance:
This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site, so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here. This question and its answers are frozen and cannot be changed. More info: [help].
- Wiki lock:
This question's answers are a collaborative effort: if you see something that can be improved, just edit the answer to improve it! No additional answers can be added here
In addition, each lock post notice has the added text:
Read more about locked posts here.
Which is a link to a recently-minted Help Center article about locks.
I think these reasons can be improved in a few ways:
First, I think the generic links to chat and meta in the content dispute and off-topic comments post notices can be confusing for users who are just trying to follow along.
If discussion has moved to meta, a link to the specific meta post should be in the comments so linking to the home page on meta and expecting a user to find the correct meta post, possibly days later, is asking a bit much. Plus, the current phrasing implies that such a discussion already exists, which it may not.
If comments have been moved to chat, there should be a link to the specific room in the comments already. Linking to the general chat rooms listing and expecting them to find a room where a conversation has been/is going on (if such a room even exists) can also lead to some confusion.
I think it's still worth mentioning these resources but maybe in a different way:
This post has been locked while disputes about its content are being resolved. You may discuss this on [meta] if you have concerns.
There's a reasonable chance that someone, a moderator or user, will have posted a link to the appropriate meta post in the comments and a moderator may also do that themselves after the post is locked. Someone creating a new discussion when one already exists is a risk with this phrasing but it can always be closed as a duplicate. I'd rather have more meta participation than less.
Side note, I just found a feature request from 2013 asking for a change very similar to this to be made, so clearly this is something that's confused people for a while.
This post has been locked due to the high amount of off-topic comments generated. A link to a [chat] room will be posted in the comments below if the conversation was moved to chat.
While we're still linking to chat generally, we're pointing out that a room was created for the purpose and how to find a link to it.
When I read the current phrasing, it implies that there's more information about Historical Locks in the Help Center but there wasn't anything about locks at all until the Help Center article about locks was created a few months ago.
The intent of this link to the Help Center is that people would find the on-topic and don't ask pages, so I think we can make that clearer. While there's not a huge amount of information about Historical Locks specifically in the Help Center article, it does link to the FAQ and doesn't come with the risk taking them away from the site they're already on.
This question exists because it has historical significance, but it is not considered a good, on-topic question for this site so please do not use it as evidence that you can ask similar questions here. This question and its answers are frozen and cannot be changed. See [/help/on-topic] for guidance on writing a good question.
This is a bit longer but I think (along with the default link to the lock article) it will be clearer to readers.
I think the Wiki Lock post notice is pretty much fine on its own. It's been clarified a couple of times to get where it is. It just needs a period at the end.
This question's answers are a collaborative effort: if you see something that can be improved, just edit the answer to improve it! No additional answers can be added here.
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